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Hexalectris grandiflora

Hexalectris grandiflora (A. Rich. & Galeotti) L.O. Williams

Largeflower Crested Coralroot, Greenman's Hexalectris , Giant Coral-root, Greenman's Cock's-comb, Largeflower Crested Coral Root

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)


USDA Symbol: HEGR9

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The orchids of genus Hexalectris are achlorophyllous and are mycoheterotrophic; that is, they utilize Sebacinoid ectomycorrhizal fungi to obtain nutrients from the roots of autotrophic plants.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate , Oblong
Inflorescence: Raceme , Terminal
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Magenta, crimson, pink, sometimes almost white.


Native Distribution: Trans-Pecos of Texas and Mexico.
Native Habitat: Moist canyons in pine-oak-juniper woodlands in leaf litter and humus, mountains, 2275'-8000'.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1147 Collected 2007-10-27 in Jeff Davis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Hexalectris grandiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hexalectris grandiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hexalectris grandiflora


Record Modified: 2023-02-13
Research By: DEW

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